Institute Director and Programme Lead appointed for Women and Children's Health

Dr Ingrid Wolfe [pictured below, left] appointed as Institute Director and Dr Nandi Simpson [pictured below, right] appointed to lead on delivery of Institute’s new strategy.

Dr Ingrid Wolfe and Dr Nandi SimpsonKing’s Health Partners Institute for Women and Children’s Health was launched in 2019 and exists to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children. The Institute’s work focuses on the entire life course, from pre-conception, through childhood and into adulthood. Over the past year, the Institute has worked with its partners to update its vision and strategy and outline a programme of development work.

Dr Ingrid Wolfe has now been appointed as substantive Institute Director to lead on the Institute’s strategic vision and clinical-academic strategy to improve outcomes for patients and populations, locally and globally, with the support of Dr Nandi Simpson who has been appointed to offer senior programme leadership. Nandi’s new senior role as Programme Lead will be hosted by the Evelina London.

Prof Richard Trembath, Executive Director, King’s Health Partners, said:

The vision that Ingrid brings to the Institute for Women’s and Children’s Health will be central to its continued success. This appointment is very good news and will support a range of impressive plans for improving women’s and children’s care. The programme is yet further strengthened through the support of Nandi whose appointment will enable timely implementation of a refreshed strategy.

Speaking about the appointments, Jill Lockett, Managing Director, King’s Health Partners, said:

I am delighted that we have made these key appointments which will continue to build on the work of this Institute. Both bring a wealth of experience across research, patient care and education and have played vital roles in the development of the Institute’s new strategy. These two positions will solidify the Institute’s leadership and drive forward its ambitious work and vision, in addition to progressing the Institutes Delivery Hub and One Team integration work.

Following her appointment, Ingrid said:

I am passionate about King’s Health Partners’ Institute for Women and Children’s Health. I am delighted to be appointed substantive Institute Director and to have the opportunity to lead the translation of our ambitious plans to create real and meaningful change in the lives and health of women and children in south east London and beyond.

Following her appointment, Nandi said:

I am proud of all the Institute has achieved since its establishment in 2019 and am delighted to have the opportunity to oversee the implementation of our new strategy. Working together across the partnership we can make a huge difference and improve the health and wellbeing of women and children locally and globally.

Ingrid has been acting Director of King’s Health Partners Women and Children’s Health since April 2020. Ingrid is Head of the Children's Health Systems and Policy Research Group, King’s College London. She is also Director of the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership in Lambeth and Southwark, a consultant in child public health at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and clinical senior lecturer in child public health at King's College London. Ingrid is also co-chair of the British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health, and was awarded an OBE for services to children’s health in 2016.

Nandi has been part of King’s Health Partners Women and Children’s Health since 2019 and played a key role in shaping its work and vision. Nandi has worked in academic and clinical organisations for more than twenty years, including more than a decade’s experience in research coordination, project and programme management, facilitating clinical and academic research as well as industry partnerships.